San Francisco Airport Bans Sale of Plastic Water Bottles

The new rule will apply to airport restaurants, cafes and vending machines

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FILE - Vehicles wait outside the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. VOA

San Francisco International Airport is banning the sale of single-use plastic water bottles. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Friday that the unprecedented move at one of the major airports in the country will take effect Aug. 20.

The new rule will apply to airport restaurants, cafes and vending machines. Travelers needing plain water will have to buy refillable aluminum or glass bottles if they don’t bring their own. As a department of San Francisco’s municipal government, the airport is following an ordinance approved in 2014 banning the sale of plastic water bottles on city-owned property.

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SFO spokesman Doug Yakel says the shift away from plastics is also part of a broader plan to slash net carbon emissions and energy use to zero and eliminate most landfill waste by 2021. (VOA)


  1. More proof than San Francisco is run by idiots. You cannot buy water in plastic bottles, but you can buy every other kind of soft drink, including the sugary carbonated or caffeine-infused drinks the same aforementioned idiots rail against. So I make a connection at SFO to get to China or someplace, and can’t buy a bottle of water for a 12+ hour flight in a aluminum can in the sky that has been de-humidified. And for no good reason other than so some moronic politicians can feel good about themselves.


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